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Walt Disney World's Epcot to celebrate 30th anniversary on October 1, 2012

Epcot World Showcase

Walt Disney World has revealed details of the 30th anniversary celebrations that will take place at Epcot on October 1, 2012.

A number of special presentations will be held in the World Showcase area of the park, hosted by Disney Imagineers who helped in its creation. A special musical performance featuring the Voices of Liberty and Mariachi Cobre will be held at 3pm in the America Gardens Theater, while the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth nighttime show will be updated to include a special anniversary tag.

All of the presentations will be included with the price of admission, but seating will be limited. Three talks by Disney Imagineers will take place during the day:

  • 1-2pm: Designing the Future – Past and Present - a panel of Imagineers will look back over Epcot's first 30 years.
  • 4.30-6pm: Epcot: How it Changed the World - a presentation by legendary Imagineer Marty Sklar.
  • 6.30-8pm: Epcot: How it Changed the World - a repeat of the earlier presentation.

Special 30th anniversary merchandise will be available from select outlets at Epcot throughout the day, including t-shirts and hats.

Walt Disney originally envisioned Epcot as the centrepiece of his Florida resort. Rather than being a theme park, it was to be a utopian city in which people lived and worked developing the technologies of the future. The park's name derives from Walt's original title - the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT).

Though the concept was scaled back after Walt's death in 1966 and didn't open until October 1, 1982, the park still embraces his aims of celebrating international culture and showcasing cutting-edge technology.

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